We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As a kid, I was often told to keep going and never give up. But what if it’s not giving up, but switching directions? I live my life based on trial and error. I would take risks and try something new or out of norm for myself to see if it’s something that truly makes me happy. I learned very quickly that seeking approval of others doesn’t make you happy or successful. Success will look different for all of us but we shouldn’t make our decision based on success to keep going or to give up.
I started my journey on the path of healthcare, specifically wanting to be of service to animals and people. This path led me to discovering my passion for writing and bringing information to the world. My blog came to me in a dream after not feeling like I had a passion or a purpose in life. After posting my first piece, I felt I needed recognition in order for me to continue this passion. I struggled with the idea of instant results and it became difficult for me to live in the present moment of just enjoying the process of something beautiful in writing.
I worked my way into getting press passes to many of the conventions like Los Angeles Comic Con, and more. This, I considered successful for me but it was only the beginning. Due to my own personal fears and anxieties I almost gave up blogging for good.This is around the time of getting into graduate school and my life seemed to be shifting so fast. I had lost my interest in blogging and thought giving up would be the best idea. A lot of what I was feeling was rooted within myself and battling depression which had nothing to do with blogging. I became miserable because I felt I needed accolades to validate my work.
I learned to shift my mindset into blogging for myself in hopes of inspiring at least one person. I would rather complete a piece of work that brings me happiness than work towards validation from others. If I had given up then I wouldn’t be where I am today, back to writing and authentically enjoying it. So don’t give up if it brings you joy and fulfills you even in your darkest days. If it doesn’t fulfill you and you’re no longer doing it for yourself then maybe it’s time to change direction.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I never really saw myself as different or set apart from everyone else. But we all have unique gifts to share with the world. I learned how much I enjoyed writing and taking pictures. I am proud to be a blerd (Black nerd) and share all the fun adventures of the nerd culture. It is definitely not easy to be a blogger, especially with sacrificing important events to focus on your own brand. There are also times where I experience creative blocks and I’ve learned to prioritize my time with work, my brand and attending school. Sometimes I would have to process personal emotions and still complete an article/piece for The Nerdy Veggie. I would tell myself I have to keep going for myself no matter how I’m feeling. I’m grateful I did because I wouldn’t have learned to take risks and what that will look like for The Nerdy Veggie.
I learned that we are never alone even when we feel like we are.The process is never easy and it’s okay to have moments of uncertainty. It’s okay to fumble a little along the way. You never know you might figure out your process in the midst of the mistakes.The Nerdy Veggie is still in the early stages, but I won’t ignore how far I’ve come. It’s all about starting and consistency, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. I created The Nerdy Veggie to celebrate being nerdy and embracing yourself. I will be incorporating mental wellness to align with my overall vision of where I see the future of The Nerdy Veggie going. The late, great rapper Nipsey Hussle said “Sometimes perfect timing feels like I’m too late. But I know you’re still great in spite of your mistakes. Before you run your race you gotta find a pace. Just make sure you cross the line and f**k the time it takes”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m born and raised here in LA. We have such beautiful weather with so many adventurous things to do. One of my favorite places to go is the beach. The sound of the waves and beach vibes brings me peace. If I had friends visiting me for the week first I would take them to the different beaches out here. Venice Beach for the street attractions, then Santa Monica for the views and the pier. Sipping wine and playing board games at Bodega Wine Bar. I love hanging out in Manhattan Beach, dining at some of the restaurants. I would take my friends to North Italia at the point located on El Segundo. Next we would hit up areas in my neighborhood like Leimert Park and Market Street. Get a taste of African culture and purchase gems from the vendors. I’m a part time vegan, full time pescatarian but my favorite vegan restaurant is Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. The enchilada pie and lunch burrito are two of my favorites dishes from there.
The tour will continue over to Downtown at Mrs. Fish. The aquarium decorium, live music and cocktails are the perfect combination for a fun night out. After a few days of stuffing our faces then we will do a hike that leads to the Hollywood sign. Griffith Observatory for the view and the planetarium display. I’m a big kid at heart so we would definitely have to visit Disneyland and Universal Studios. Get on all the rides, eat churros and drink butterbeer. Then to finish the trip, have a day at Kenneth Hahn park filled with hiking, food, drinks and music. I’m a chill person mixed with a little bit of excitement. Drinking wine, enjoying views and good food with a little bit of thrills makes me happy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I found inspiration, support, and mentorship in many forms. First my family and my uncle Robert. The support from my family helped me to keep going. If it wasn’t for my uncle, I wouldn’t have found interest in Comic Con along with other conventions like it. He made being an artist and a nerd look so cool. I would also like to give credit to my friend Evan Jackson over at Young, Bold and Regal. He mentored me in the beginning when I was starting out. I was so lost on where to start and just putting my work out there. He supported me through it and showed me how far I can go with The Nerdy Veggie. My friends who might have thought I was crazy chasing this vision and still encouraged me through it. Lastly, I found inspiration from people like Issa Rae, her story helped me embrace being an awkward Black girl.
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The image of me and the storm trooper are from Star Wars Celebration. The image of me and C-P3O are from Star Wars Celebration. The image of me, Iron Man and Teddy Bear are from ANIME EXPO aka AX.